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Calls to tackle tax dodges ahead of G8 summit

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:23

June 17 - Anti-hunger campaigners sail two large Viking ships, skippered by protesters dressed as G8 leaders, to protest against tax evasion. Sunita Rappai reports.

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A call to end tax dodging - anti-hunger campaigners take to the waters in Northern Ireland to make their point. Wearing giant heads depicting the Group of 8 leaders, they sailed two Viking boats on a lake in Enniskillen - just a couple of miles from the luxury golf resort where the real G8 leaders were set to meet on Monday. The 'Enough food for Everyone If" campaign wants the world's leaders to take action against tax evasion. While British Prime Minister David Cameron has made the issue a key part of the summit, campaigners fear that the rest of the G8 won't follow suit. (SOUNDBITE) (English) "ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF" SPOKESPERSON, BRENDAN COX, SAYING: "Developing countries lose trillions of dollars every year to tax dodgers, to tax havens and rich countries. The G8 can make a massive difference to that and if they do agree that clampdown, it will mean that developing countries can feed their own population." Meanwhile, leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper landed in Belfast on Monday ahead of the summit. The ongoing conflict in Syria, the issue of tax evasion and a possible free trade deal between the European Union and the United States are all expected to be on the agenda at the two-day summit.

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Calls to tackle tax dodges ahead of G8 summit

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:23